Mike Byrne

20
Jul

Developing and Retaining Best Performers

Let’s face it- no one wants to be surrounded by people who don’t know what they’re doing. While these situations are clearly unpopular, many people are accustomed to being surrounded by average performers in the workplace, producing just as disappointing results. In knowledge-intensive industries, groups of the Best Performers (defined as the top 10% of the candidates from a specific

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6
Jul

Integrity and Its Impact in a Software Company

Running a software company is hard. Your days can feel like a blur with daily activities challenging you to lose sight of your company’s long-term objectives. With the downstream impact of your decisions and all the subtle nuances of handling things correctly, the right way can often be hidden in the momentum of keeping your group moving in the right

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25
May

From Mid-Sized to Dominant: the Path for Continuous Market Aggression

If you have successfully navigated the path from a startup to a mid-sized company – Congratulations! You are one of the very few and should consider yourself triumphant. Take a breath, reflect and recognize what you have done. Then Get Paranoid Many companies plateau if they are able to make it to mid-size. They have found the right offering and

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20
Apr

How to Become a Professional Hockey Player

Growing up in the Greater Toronto area, playing hockey was a rite of passage; any Canadian that had any athletic ability and parents with reasonable disposable income was on the ice. As the younger of two boys, I was roped into my older brother’s sports antics (a parent’s logistical solution for minimizing travel and keeping more than one child entertained).

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23
Mar

What to Consider When Growing Out of a Startup and Into a Midsized Business

The jump from a startup to a midsized business is often a tough one for many entrepreneurs. When you are a startup, you are deeply immersed in the many tasks and projects that come with bringing your ideas to life. Between design, new client acquisition and assembling your team you’re not necessarily thinking about what will happen in the future-

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17
Feb

Stop Being a Vendor – Work on Being a Partner

The software industry is always moving at top speeds, consistently innovating new technology, as well as continuing its compounded growth in hardware. Due to this constant and increasing velocity of change, companies and their software providers tend to experience a revolving door of relationships with providers entering and leaving the market in the blink of an eye- much faster than

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20
Jan

Welcome to Mike Blogs

In 2013, there were about 152 million blogs floating around the Internet. I can only imagine the number has doubled (or tripled) since then. Today there will be one more added to that ever-growing number, as I am starting a blog. Welcome! Why am I taking the plunge into the blogosphere? Several reasons- I cannot individually talk to each of

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